12 May

9 Signs You’re in Love With Your Wedding Venue

It might be the same feeling you felt when you said  “Yes!” or perhaps, the same feeling you felt when you first fell in love.  You are in love with a wedding venue! It may not feel the same as when you actually fell in love with your future spouse, but it’s a close second. Your wedding venue is going to be the site of one of the biggest celebrations of your life, so look for these signs that a venue is the right one for you.

Amazing Photos

When you look at a venues website you’re sure to find several photos of the venue you’re considering. Be sure to look for other images from weddings that took place at the venue (a great spot is their blog!) Do you want to be the couples in the photos? Do the portrait backdrops make you swoon? Can you picture having your first dance in the reception space? If the answers are all yeses, then this is the venue you should definitely consider!


Gardens at EIteljorg Museum


Clowes Sculpture Court at Eiteljorg Museum


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Front entrance of the Indiana State Museum

Indiana LOVE Sculpture Bride and Groom Kissing

Robert Indiana LOVE Sculpture at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

The Reviews Check Out

One of the first step of venue hunting is reading reviews. Reading about other couples experiences can give you a real-life picture of a particular venue. Narrow the list down to two or three venues and make plans to do in-person site visits – a surefire way to find ‘the one.’

Fits Your Style

The venue you choose will be the most important indicator of what your wedding style will be. If you’re envisioning a super-formal affair, think grand event spaces like O’Bannon Family Great Hall at the Indiana State Museum or Randolph H. Deer Special Events Pavilion at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. If you’re hoping for a more casual event, a space like Montage might be more your style.

Works with Your Budget

Your budget should be set before you start looking at venues. You’ll want to do your research in advance and make sure that you can afford the venues you’re considering. You don’t want to fall completely in love with a venue that isn’t within your range.

Love at First Sight

Sometimes you just know. While you should still do your research and make sure it’s a fit in terms of budget and capacity, a positive feeling can be a good indicator that a venue is ‘the one’. If you’re already imaging which flowers would like right in the ceremony space or how you’d decorate the entryway, it’s a good sign.

The Capacity Works

While you don’t have to have an exact guest count just yet, you should still have an estimate in mind before visiting venues. If you have to question your ability to come in under capacity, it’s probably a sign you should move on to another venue.



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The Team is Outstanding

Of course finding the venues of your dreams is important, but it’s almost nearly important to make sure that the people that work behind the scenes are easy to work with. You need to be able to trust and genuinely get along with the event manager you’ll be working with.

It’s Available!

You may have a target wedding date in mind – if so, the ultimate sign that a venue is ‘the one’ is if it’s available at that time. Or, if you’re more flexible, you may prefer to do things the other way – fall in love with a venue first, then pick a date based on when it’s available (a riskier move).

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